A Missouri teen just seriously raised the bar for prom fashion by re-creating Beyoncé’s famed Met Gala look on a high school budget.
India Ross, of St. Louis, told Cosmopolitan she’s "always loved" Beyoncé, and when she saw the superstar’s flesh-colored Givenchy gown, she knew that was the way she wanted to show up to her senior prom.
The 18-year-old took the idea to a local designer, Toi Hall, with what started as a simple request.
"When I gave my designer my money I said: Can you make me feel like I'm Beyoncé? And that's what she did," Ross said in a one-on-one interview with Cosmo.
The designer used mesh material to give the same see-through appearance and found jewels at cost-friendly Michaels Craft Store, Ross told the magazine.
But it wasn’t that simple, Ross warned, telling Cosmo that even her designer was at moments overwhelmed with the time-consuming project.
"You can't just place rhinestones anywhere because it would have looked a mess," she said in the interview with Cosmo. "Prom was the most stressful process ever."
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But in the end it was worth it, because her prom photos quickly garnered national attention, spawning features on Huffington Post, Bravo TV, Mashable, "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Buzzfeed and UsWeekly, to name a few.
"I did not expect for it to blow up like this. It's been wild," Ross told Cosmo.
It should come as no surprise that the St. Louis native has her sight sets on working in the world of fashion, telling Cosmopolitan she is headed for Chicago’s Columbia College to double major in fashion business and fashion merchandising while minoring in public relations and marketing.